Monday, February 11, 2019

The UK wants two 'Littoral Strike Ships'

via UK Defense Journal.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that the UK will purchase the vessels. Referring to the new new Littoral Strike Ships, Williamson said:

“These globally deployable, multi-role vessels will be able to conduct a wide range of operations, from crisis support to war-fighting.
They would support out future Commando force. They will be forward deployed at exceptionally high readiness and able to respond at a moments notice, bringing the fight from sea to land.
Our vision is for these ships to form part of two littoral strike groups, complete with escorts, support vessels and helicopters.
One would be based East of Suez in the Indo-Pacific, one based West in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic. And, if we ever need them to, our two aircraft carriers, our amphibious assault ships Albion and Bulwark, and our three Bay Class landing ships can come together in one amphibious force.”
Wow.  I don't understand the Brits.  What they need is a proper LHA/LHD.  They're trying to go the cheap route...I guess.  I still can't wrap my head around why they would purchase a littoral strike ship instead of fully fleshing out their amphibious fleet first.  Seems half baked.

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